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1615 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Arts & Museums
Robert Mills House & Garden was the residence of the renowned American architect Robert Mills. A glance at this structure will give you complete idea of his architectural brilliance and his aptitude for raising splendid buildings.
Mann-Simons Cottage is one of the important landmarks in town. Now a museum, the tour takes you through the entire house and adjoining gardens; check out the collection, furniture and other artifacts from the nineteenth century.
Located on the campus of the University of South Carolina, the McKissick Museum can trace its origins way back to 1823 after Thomas Cooper sold his precious mineral collection to the university. Over the decades, the collection kept increasing due to generous contributions from patrons who gave freely of their political memorabilia, textiles, crafts, scientific specimens and more. The permanent collections include pottery, quilts and decorative art objects while the traveling collections are unique too. Check website for details.
Organized in 1896, by the Wade Hampton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the oldest museum in the Columbia area is dedicated to preserving all eras of the state's military history, with specific interest on the Civil War. The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum features a large collection of military relics, including uniforms, flags and weapons.
South Carolina State Museum possibly could be the best family outing one could ask for; there is so much to learn from over 70,000 artifacts put on display all over the museum.
A unique hands-on learning center that features full space missions and high-tech space flight simulators that provide visitors a variety of learning opportunities in engineering, problem solving skills, math, science technology, and team work. Tours and a summer space camp are available.
The Cayce Historical Museum chronicles the history of the first European settlement in the early 1700's in the South Carolina Midlands by interpreting the agricultural, social and cultural heritage of Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, Cayce and West Columbia areas.
One of over 60 Army museums located across the country and around the world, this museum depicts this history of the Adjutant General Corps from 1775 to present and contains numerous exhibits, materials, and general information on the history of the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Army Chaplain Museum, located at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, tells the history of the U.S. Army Chaplaincy, which was implemented in 1775. Artifacts on display include kits and religious items, such as alters, organs, and vestments that have used on the frontline to provide spiritual and medical comfort. Inspirational stories are also a valuable part of the museum.
Focusing on historical and contemporary aspects of law enforcement in South Carolina, this museum contains numerous exhibits on South Carolina law enforcement and stands as a memorial to officers killed in the line of duty, as well as to the officers who risk their lives in the day-to-day performance of their duties.